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Post 41
Recent Post from one of our readers - 15/12/2014
Name: Ellie Renwick
email address: elibel21@yahoo.co.uk - Click here
Message:
Hi,
I'm from Hexham, Northumberland, looking to find a drama group for my son. He is 6 years old.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Many thanks
Ellie


Peter's response:

Hi Ellie,
I suggest you take a look at the Groups section of the www.dramagroups.com website and check the groups in your County/Region. There will be groups and societies listed with contact details. If in doubt click on the group name or logo and that will take you directly to the groupís own website.

In general amdram groups are very happy to receive new members but I have to say in my experience the majority of drama groups these days only take people from the age of 16 years old onwards. This is in part due to the government regulations concerning minors which can be quite onerous. However, most Drama Schools will be very happy to take pupils of any age.

Take a look at the groups and schools in your area and make contact with them I'm sure you will be successful and I do believe that taking part in amateur dramatics will be of great benefit to you son. I wish you the best of luck and do let me know how you get on.

I'll place your query in our Advice section in the hope that others will have suggestions that will help you directly.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 40
Recent Post from one of our readers - 10/12/2014
Name: Alexandra Watts
email address: watts.alexandra@hotmail.com - Click here
Message:
Hi there,
I am an aspiring costumer based in Manchester, but have no real idea of where to start.
I have been sewing for years and am finally confident enough with my work to think about starting to charge money for it. However, I have no idea of how to get myself into the industry! I'm willing to put in the effort and love a challenge, I just need a bit of beginners' knowledge to set me off in the right direction.
Do theatres usually have their own in-house sewing team who groups hire to do their costumes for them, or do separate acting groups hire freelancers? Where would be my best place to start? By volunteering for am-dram productions, or enquiring with the theatres themselves?
Alex


Peter's response:

Hi Alex,
Good to hear from you.

Iím not sure how qualified I am to give you advice on this I can only talk from my personal experience although I have spent more than 30 years with my local drama group so I hope that counts for something.
Costumes / Wardrobe is always one of those things that amdram groups struggle with, a bit like back/off stage. Everyone wants to be on stage and forget about the work that goes on behind the scenes. I would think that any local group would welcome you with open arms if you volunteered to make or alter costumes for them. These days all too few people have the skills to do that. So if you feel like volunteering to help out just check out the groups in your area by looking at the relevant Group page on www.dramagroups.com The majority have contact details and / or website or, social media links. If in doubt click on the group name or logo and youíll be taken directly to their website if they have one and we know about it. Of course in most cases the group wouldnít necessarily be able to pay you as most groups struggle for funds but it would be great experience to put on your cv.

As far as becoming a professional costumier is concerned, I would make contact with your local costumiers, theatres and fancy dress shops that also supply local amdram groups. In my experience most of these outlets employ people to alter and repair costumes. Whether that would be a full time occupation Iím not sure but certainly I would think you might be able to get work from several outlets, which may equate to a full time job?

I will place your query and my response in the Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website and invite others to make a more meaningful contribution.

Best of luck in your endeavours and do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 39
Recent Post from one of our readers - 07/10/2014
Name: Gill Jackson
email address:
gillmaryjack@hotmail.co.uk - Click here
Message: Group Insurance
Hi there,
My name's Gill Jackson and I am looking for information regarding a policy for an adult amateur drama group Iím involved with. We meet weekly in a local village hall, they have their own insurance, we stage two/three productions a year anything from Panto to Stoppard. Members are aged between twenty Ė seventy, we also store some equipment, lighting and backdrops etc.
I would appreciate any information you can supply to enable a purchase of a suitable policy for the group.
Kind Regards,
Gill


Peter's response:

Hi Gill,
Iím afraid I canít advise you directly as Iím not qualified to offer advice on insurance. My own group does have such a policy which is I believe quite inexpensive and I would think any local insurance broker would be pleased to advise you and arrange suitable cover.

What I can and will do is to place your query in the Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website in the hope that a qualified person will make contact with you directly.

Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

Response from: Nicole Rose
email address: nicole.rose@boosh365.com
The best place for you to go for Theatre Company Insurance is Noda. They are specially set up for this kind of cover and most of the groups in my area use them. I believe their broker is Lloyd & Whyte. Go to www.nodainsurance.co.uk for more info.


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Post 38
Recent Post from one of our readers - 06/10/2014
Name: Lana-Emerald
email address:
funkybananagirl@hotmail.co.uk - Click here
Message:
Hi,
I have recently begun studies in Brighton and looking to get involved in some musical Theatre.
Is there anything you could recommend?
Lana, Age 21


Peter's response:

Hi Lana,
Iím afraid I canít help you directly with a recommendation of a group / society to approach. Drama Groups is simply an on-line portal for amdram groups to advertise themselves and their shows and events.

I suggest that you look through the Groups pages on www.dramagroups.com and find all groups in your area. They mostly have contact details or website addresses, if in doubt click on the group name or logo and it will take you straight to the groupís webpage. All groups always welcome new members. Iím sure you will find local groups only too willing to give you a start.

Iíll put your email on the Advice column and perhaps a local group will make contact with you directly.

Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 37
Recent Post from one of our readers - 27/09/2014
Name: Lily Marie Cameron
email address:
lilymariecam@hotmail.co.uk - Click here
Message:
Singer - would like to join
Hi there,
I'm writing to you regarding my younger sister. She is a fantastic singer with a soprano voice, and is looking to join a drama club, that is easily accessible from her home in Kent (near Maidstone).
I was wondering if you could advise on any drama clubs in east London/surrounding areas in Kent for her? Our Mum would be able to drive her. She is 19 years old and would like to be in productions, singing on stage.
She is not currently in work or school as she has not been well and is currently in recovery - so it would be nice for her to join a friendly and open group.
I was wondering if you could please advise?
Thank you very much in advance
Kind regards,
Lily Marie


Peter's response:

Hi Lily Marie,
I'm afraid that I don't know the groups in your area personally so I can't make a recommendation. I suggest that you look through the Groups pages and find all groups in your area. They mostly have contact details or website addresses, if in doubt click on the group name or logo and it will take you straight to the groupís webpage. All groups always welcome new members. Iím sure you will find local groups only too willing to give your sister a start.
Iíll put your email on the Advice column and perhaps a local group will make contact with you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 36
Recent Post from one of our readers - 19/09/2014
Name: Crystal Smith
email address:
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Message:
Good afternoon,
I was told to contact this email for the information I need, I am a drama student at university and I was thinking that it would be amazing to start my own theatre company for 16 and unders. I was thinking of charging £10 for 2 hours a week and we can perform plays for their family and friends. I was wondering whether there is any law i need to be aware of or anything else? And if this sounds like a good idea?
Thank you.
Crystal


Peter's response:

Hi Crystal,
First of all I'm no expert in this area, although several years ago I did go through this thought process and made some inroads into understanding the legislation that covers young people in 'Groups'. I shall post your question in the 'Advice' section of www.dramagroups.com and hope that someone with more recent experience will be able to give you better or more up-to-date advice. I have to put in a disclaimer here in that my advice is a personal opinion only. I am not a lawyer and do not have any more than a rudimentary knowledge gained from my own researches, please do not take my opinion as gospel check out any potential actions with a professional before deciding what you will do.
What I found was that the age restriction on young people under 16 years of age is:
- the Group must provide a chaperone during rehearsals and during performances.
- changing facilities must be separate from adults and of course separate between the genders.
- the young persons must be registered with the local council
- a Doctor's certificate must be provided for each child - presumably stating that they are fit - there is a cost involved here
- the Group's insurance must cover them during rehearsals and performances
- there are other rules applying by age to the number of hours they are allowed to work, etc. but I'm afraid I didn't get that far into the research.
Quite a few groups do declare themselves as taking people 16+ only and I guess that's because the process of including children is too onerous, certainly that's what my own group decided.
I hope that's of some use to you and I hope that others may provide a better view of current legislation.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 35
Recent Post from one of our readers - 16/09/2014
Name: Rudie Moore
email address:
rudie.moore@leaseplan.co.uk - Click here
Message:
Hi,
I am very much interested in joining a local drama or musical theatre group. I am based in Langley
However I don't really know where to start- I've had a look around and was hoping you could give me some information.


Peter's response:

Hi Rudie,
I suggest that you look through the Groups pages and find all groups in your area. They mostly have contact details or website addresses, if in doubt click on the group name or logo and it will take you straight to the groupís webpage. All groups always welcome new members. Iím sure you will find local groups only too willing to give you a start.

Iíll put your email on the Advice column and perhaps a local group will make contact with you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 34
Recent Post from one of our readers - 12/09/2014
Name: Plockton Amateur Dramatic Society
email address:
message https://www.facebook.com/PlocktonADS?fref=ts Facebook page
Message:
Hi all! We at Plockton Amateur Dramatic Society wondered if any of you can help? We're looking to get contents insurance for a wee building we have for storing our costumes, scenery & props. Do any of you have a policy you would recommend? We think there are some policies that relate to the world of theatre but not sure where to start looking! Any advice appreciated! Thanks!


Peter's response:

Hello Sarah,
I'll post your question on the www.dramagroups.com Advice page in the hope that someone more knowledgeable than I will be able to help.
Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 33
Recent Post from one of our readers - 31/08/2014
Name: Julie Ashdown
email address:
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Message:
Hello
I am a drama student and have a project on slapstick comedy in theatre as prelude to a production with a Chaplin theme.
I'm trying to identify as many productions as possible that feature scenes of slapstick physical comedy especially the classic pie in the face, water/food gags.
Panto which of course features such scenes is not in my scope, I'm focused on comedy, farce or even straight drama that might include slapstick.
I already identified some plays such as Comic Potential, Mack and Mabel or the musical Singin in the Rain but I'd much appreciate if you would know of other plays featuring slapstick.
Many thanks
Julie Ashdown


Peter's response:

Hello Julie,
Interesting question, nothing immediately springs to mind but Iíll have a think and get back to you with anything that occurs to me. In the meantime Iíll post your query on our Advice column and our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter streams in the hope that someone more knowledgeable than I will be able to supply more/better information.
Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 32
Recent Post from one of our readers - 26/08/2014
Name: Helen Welch-Thornton
email address:
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Message:
Hello
I have always been passionate about Drama, and was curious on my ability as i have not done performing arts since school. At school i did speech and Drama where i was told i could make it to a London Drama academy. Unfortunately i turned the option down due to my age and being very self-conscious. I would love to follow my passion in Drama as my Drama teacher said i had great potential.
My query for yourselves is whether i can have my ability assesed or whether i can have some mentoring to point me in the right direction.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Helen Welch-Thornton


Peter's response:

Hello Helen,
Thanks for writing in to www.dramagroups.com.

Iím afraid that personally I donít really know how you would go about getting yourself assessed or obtaining mentoring other than enrolling in a Drama School, there are a number that have an entry under the Groups section of our website and Iím sure you would be able to find one in your area. I shall place your message in our Advice section in the hope that one of our readers will be able to offer you more information than I can.

I am glad to hear that you are keen to renew your relationship with the performing arts and I am sure that any Drama Group would welcome you with open arms should you choose to go down that route.

I wish you every success. Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 31
Recent Post from one of our readers - 02/08/2014
Name: Alanna Sharratt
email address:
alannasharratt@hotmail.com - Click here
Message:
I was just wondering if there was any openings for any after school drama work starting in September?
I have graduated from drama and theatre studies in Magee and do drama work in the Down syndrome association. I am looking to further my field now.

If you could get back to me regarding any drama work that would be super.

Many thanks,
Alanna Sharratt


Peter's response:

Hello Alanna,
Drama Groups is simply an online portal for amateur groups to promote themselves, their shows, events etc. as such I'm afraid I am not in a position to offer you any work. I can only suggest that you make contact with local groups in your area ( you will find groups listed in the Groups section of the website), I'm sure that any local amdram group would be happy to have you helping them out although for the most part that would be unpaid work. Perhaps you should consider getting in touch with local drama schools who may have a position available for you.
I shall place your email and my response in the Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website and perhaps a local school or group will make contact with you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Post 30
Recent Post from one of our readers - 26/07/2014
Name: Tricia Casey
email address:
patriciacasey54@gmail.com - Click here
Message:
hi my name's Tricia I'm from Glasgow I have all ways been interested in drama and comedy of all sorts I have disylia so I'm finding it hard to get in tuch with drama groups in glasgow can Eny on help I havea Grant sench of yumer and find it easy to make peopel luif. Would very much apreasaet some one getting in tuch with me thank you.


Peter's response:

Hi Tricia,
Thanks for your email.
I appreciate how difficult it must be for you to make the initial contact with groups in your area but I urge you to take a little bit of time to look at the Groups pages for Scotland which you will find on the www.dramagroups.com website. Most of the Groups have web pages, simply click on the Group name or its logo and you'll be taken directly to their website. I'm sure you'll find one in your area. Most groups welcome new members with open arms and I don't think it will matter that you are dyslexic, there are many successful actors who have overcome the condition. You mustnít allow it to hold you back.

Iíll place your email in our advice column in the hope that some groups will make contact with you directly.

Best Wishes to you and please do let me know how you get on.

Peter

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Post 29
Recent Post from one of our readers - 20/02/2014
Name: John Harrison

email address? johnh18@hotmail.co.uk - Click here
Message? Hi Peter,
I am 47 and live in the North East and I am working full time.
I am looking to get back into acting after many years out and was hoping you could advise on a local drama group.
Regards, John


Peter's response:

Hi John,
Thanks for your email.
I'm afraid that I can't advise you on any particular group you might join, I don't have detailed knowledge of the groups in your area. The best advice I can offer is to find some amateur groups that are near to you (look in our 'Groups' section there are quite a few listed with website information and contact details). I'm sure you will find that any group will welcome you with open arms just give them a call or drop them an email, men are always in short supply in the amdram world.
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 28
Recent Post from one of our readers - 10/02/2014
Name: Divine

email address? divinesuccess68@gmail.com - Click here
Message? New Group
Pls I have a drama group dat I jst open newly,so I need sm tips on hw I cn get mre members 2 join, only have few.


Peter's response:

Hello Divine,
Attracting new members is always a problem whether you're a new or established group. It seems that these days social networking is the most important way to get your name into the public domain.
I suggest:
- you create a website
- join Facebook, Twitter and Google+
- register on amdram websites like www.dramagroups.com - an easy process just email me all details including contacts, group message and location.

Also you may like to place a poster in your local libraries and ask other groups in your area to let their members know your new group has started up. Also local free magazines and newspapers are always looking for copy and may welcome an entry from you about your new Drama Group.

I hope that helps and I look forward to receiving details about your group.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 27
Recent Post from one of our readers - 04/02/2014
Name: Elsie Jarvie

email address? elsewhere53@gmail.com - Click here
Message? Learning
Hi my g son is needing to get into drama classes he is 12 is their any groups he can join aberdeen


Peter's response:

Hi Elsie,
Thanks for your email.
The best advice I can give you is to find some local drama schools or amateur groups that are near to you (look in our #Groups section there are quite a few listed). I'm sure you will find that any amateur group will welcome your grandson with open arms, although some do have age restrictions, drama schools generally are happy to have another paying customer just give them a call or drop them an email.
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group or school local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 26
Recent Post from one of our readers - 14/01/2014
Name: stacey davies

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Message? Queries
Where can I find courses so I can get into professional acting i am 25 years old Stacey


Peter's response:

Hi Stacey,
Thanks for your email.
The best advice I can give you is to find some local drama schools or amateur groups that are near to you (look in our #Groups section there are quite a few listed). I'm sure you will find that any amateur group will welcome you with open arms and drama schools generally are happy to have another paying customer just give them a call or drop them an email. Of course, you could try enrolling on a Drama Course at your local college or Tech, many local Colleges run courses for the Arts & Drama. Get in touch with your local council they will be able to point you in the right direction.
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group or school local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 25
Recent Post from one of our readers - 13/01/2014
Name: Finley Ryan James

email address? finleyryanjames@live.co.uk - Click here
Message? Help Info
hi
i was wondering if you could help me i am 28 years of age and have been wanting to be an actor/musicial all my life i have looked around in my local area to see if there are any classes that i could attend but i dont know the first place to start so was wondering if you could help me in anyway
many Thanks
Finley Ryan James


Peter's response:

Hi Finlay,
Thanks for your email.
The best advice I can give you is to find some amateur groups that are near to you (look in our 'Groups' section there are quite a few listed with website information and contact details). I'm sure you will find that any group will welcome you with open arms just give them a call or drop them an email, men are always in short supply in the amdram world.
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 24
Recent Post from one of our readers - 08/01/2014
Name: Abi Thomas

email address? ali54@me.com - Click here
Message? Dear Sir/Madam
I am writing to you to enquire whether there is any possibility of obtaining some voluntary work experience working alongside the makeup artists within your theatres. I am 18 years old and currently a student at City College in Norwich, having completed an extra year taking some additional GCSE's. I am now on the Hair and Media Make-Up level 2 Diploma course, following which I intend to apply to the London College of Fashion to study for a BA (Hons) in Hair, Make-up & Prosthetics for Performance.
Samples of my work

The image below was taken by Julia Holland ( All about image photography ), as one of a number of portfolio shots Julia did for me last year.

I live locally, and would really like to broaden my knowledge by shadowing someone already working in the industry ( I am happy to do this on an unpaid basis).
I would welcome the opportunity to show you some pieces of my work and to discuss any opportunities you may be able to offer me.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Yours faithfully,
Abi Thomas
07514305031


Peter's response:

Hi Abi,
Drama Groups isnít a group or theatre it is an online portal for amateur groups to publicise their shows, auditions, events, costumes, makeup, etc. so Iím afraid that I canít personally put you in touch with theatre groups that can help you. However, what I can do is to place your details on the www.dramagroups.com website and invite groups to contact you directly. Alternatively, if you take a look at the Drama Groups website and go to the #Groups page for Norfolk and or London you will find a good number of groups listed with their contact details and websites listed. Iím sure that if you were to contact some local groups they would be only too delighted to have someone with your obvious skills and talent working for them backstage.
Iíll put your details up in the #Costumes #Makeup section and Iíll also place an entry in the #Advice section. I hope you get some response.
In return perhaps you would be good enough to follow us on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Best of luck, let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 23
Recent Post from one of our readers - 27/12/2013
Name: Dave Parker

email address? dvtrv@tesco.net - Click here
Message? Hi,
I've been talking with a friends girlfriend about things and, knowing me as she does, she suggested I do amateur dramatics as she feels I'd act well.
I've always felt I'd do well but even if I didn't it'd get me out doing things. I'm 38 and have lots of time on my hands as I've recently been diagnosed with an illness for my life.
If I'm asking in the wrong place please let me know or if I'm in the right place please contact me with some more information please.
Thank you,
Dave Parker.
Northenden, Manchester from Sale, Cheshire.


Peter's response:

Hi Dave,
Thanks for your email.
www.dramagroups.com isn't actually a Drama Group it is an online portal to allow Drama Groups and the amateur dramatic community to advertise themselves their shows, auditions, events, scripts, reviews, costumes, props, etc.
The best advice I can give you is to find some amateur groups that are near to you (look in our 'Groups' section there are quite a few listed). I'm sure you will find that any group will welcome you with open arms just give them a call or drop them an email.
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 22
Recent Post from one of our readers - 27/12/2013
Name: Jackie van staden

email address? jvanstaden27@gmail.com - Click here
Message? To whom it may concern
Hi I would like to know who would be able to sell a puppet mannequin as I have a kid off 10 who would love to get one as he is good in making things talk without moving his mouth and we have not been able to find one for him.
Please would you be able to help
Thanking you
God bless
Jackie van staden


Peter's response:

Hi Jackie,
Thanks for your email.
www.dramagroups.com isn't actually a Drama Group it is an online portal to allow Drama Groups and the amateur dramatic community to advertise themselves their shows, auditions, events, scripts, reviews, costumes, props, etc.
The best advice I can give you is to look in our #PropSwap section there may be an individual or organisation that can help you..
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps someone will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 21
Recent Post from one of our readers - 26/11/2013
Name: Brad Robins

email address? bradrobins3@hotmail.co.uk - Click here
Message? Hello,
My name is Brad Robins. i am a sound and lighting technician. I am looking for some volunteering placement at young theater groups. I have been doing sound and lighting for 6 years now so i have plenty of experience. If you could send me some contact for me to get in touch with some theater that would be great.
I now also do portable theaters, where community centers can hire the light and sound desk from me.
Thanks
B.S.Robins


Peter's response:

Hi Brad,
Thanks for your email.
www.dramagroups.com isn't actually a Drama Group it is an online portal to allow Drama Groups and the amdram community to advertise themselves their shows, auditions, events, scripts, reviews, etc.
The best advice I can give you is to find some amateur groups that are near to you (look in our 'Groups' section there are quite a few listed). I'm sure you will find that any group will welcome you with open arms just give them a call or drop them an email.
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 20
Recent Post from one of our readers - 25/09/2013
Name: Laura Devereux

email address? lauradevvv@hotmail.com - Click here
Message? Hi, I recently graduated from Edge Hill University with a BA in Drama and Creative Writing. I am looking to gain some experience before moving onto an MA in Dramatherapy and was wondering if you had any volunteer roles available? My contact number is 07891859223 and my email address is lauradevvv@hotmail.com
I very much look forward to hearing from you!
Kind regards,
Laura Devereux


Peter's response:

Hi Laura,
Thanks for your email.
www.dramagroups.com isn't actually a Drama Group it is an online portal to allow Drama Groups and the amdram community to advertise themselves their shows, auditions, events, scripts, reviews, etc.
The best advice I can give you is to find some amateur groups that are near to you (look in our 'Groups' section there are quite a few listed). I'm sure you will find that any group will welcome you with open arms just give them a call or drop them an email.
I'll put your letter up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Peter

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Post 19
Recent Post from one of our readers - 18/06/2013
Name: Thelma Legong
From South Africa
email address? Legongmukovhethelma@gmail.com - Click here
Message? my name is thelma legong 18 years old attend school at florapark high am in grade 12 my goal is to become an actor or actress am bold an confidence nt shy an love cameras so much


Peter's response:

Hello Thelma,
I suggest you contact some drama groups local to you and become a member. I'm sure they will welcome you and it will be a great experience for you.
Best Wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 18/06/2013
Name: Christina
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Message? Hello,
I wondered if you could advise me as to whether there are drama groups around the Kingston area. I have problems with anxiety,confidence, shyness and I think a drama class would help, but something simple ie a group in a small hall putting on Shakespeare or something modern. Ive looked at the website and I wondered if you had any recommedations.
Thank you
Christina


Peter's response:

Hello Christina,
I'm afraid that I don't know any of the Groups listed in the Kingston area personally and so I can't make any recommendations. All I can say is get in touch with a couple of Groups and go along to see how they are and how you feel. I understand that it may seem quite daunting but Drama Group people are generally very welcoming and would do all they could to make sure that you felt comfortable. I applaud you for taking the step into amdram and I'm sure that it will help you build your confidence and self esteem.
Do let me know how you get on.
Best Wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 28/02/2013
Name: Danielle Lancaster
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Message? Hi,
I am interested in joining the amateur dramatics club as i enjoy acting but i need to gain experience in acting. As i am confident but i need to build up my confidence so i can do acting in front of an audience. I would like to know how to get involved with the amateur dramatics and where it is located.
You can get in touch with me by this email at any time.
I am currently located in St Helens.
Thanks
Danielle Lancaster


Peter's response:

Hi Danielle,
Thanks for your email.
www.dramagroups.com isn't actually a Drama Group it is an online portal to allow Drama Groups and the amdram community to advertise themselves their shows, auditions, events, scripts, reviews, etc. You don't say in your email where you are located but the best advice I can give you is to take a look at the 'Groups' section of the Drama Groups website and make contact with some amateur groups that are near to you. I'm sure you will find that any group will welcome you with open arms just give them a call or drop them an email.
I'll put your request up in our 'Advice' section and perhaps a group local to you will contact you directly.
Do let me know how you get on.
Best Wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 03/01/2013
Name: Liz McCoy
email address? lizredbrick@gmail.com - Click here
Message? Hello there!
I am working with eight lovely year 10 ladies from Colston's Girls' School in Bristol, and I am helping them find opportunities to gain experience in areas of interest to them. Two of my ladies (and possibly more) are very keen to find out more about all things theatre and drama (not to mention the benefits to their confidence), so are there any opportunities for them to get involved with anything that's going on with you?
I hope to hear from you soon!
Many thanks,
Liz McCoy
Employability Consultant
www.redbrickfutures.co.uk
07916 298524


Peter's response:

Hi Liz,
I'm afraid that www.dramagroups.com is not a drama group it is a portal for drama groups to share their information with the public and each other. The best advice I can give you is to take a look at our 'Groups', 'Bristol' page where you will find a number of drama groups based in and around Bristol. Try contacting them directly. I'm sure any and all of them will welcome your ladies with open arms. All drama groups are in the position where there can never be enough people to help.
Do let me know how you get on.
Best Wishes,
Peter

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Liz's response:
Hi Peter,
Thank you very much for this information - I will try to contact as many groups as possible, and will keep you updated on our progress!
Many thanks,
Liz McCoy

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 30/01/2013
Name: Barbara Roisman Cooper
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Message? Hello,
For my next book, Great Britons of Stage and Screen: In Conversation, I interviewed Sir Ben Kingsley. He told me, as a young performer, he was a member of a theatrical group called The Salford Players, but I am unable to find a reference to that group.
Can someone tell me if that was the correct name of the group? Or was it called something else at the time, probably late '50s.
Any assistance would be most appreciated.
Sincerely,
Barbara Roisman Cooper


Peter's response:

Hello Barbara,
The only reference I can find to The Salford Players is within the website below which refers to Salford Arts Theatre and The Salford Players
http://www.sponsume.com/project/salford-arts-theatre

I can only assume that The Salford Players no longer exists or is now subsumed into the Arts Theatre.

I hope this helps but just in case anyone out there has more information I'll post your query in our 'Advice' section in the hope that someone will make contact with you through the Drama Groups website.

Regards,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 28/11/2012
Name: Amanda Newton
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Message? Are children welcome to join?
Hello, I am looking for a amateur dramatic group for my eight year old home educated daughter. She does have a rare illness but she poses no risk to anyone. She is desperate to join so that she can learn how to act and also how a production is put together. We as parents are hoping it will improve her confidence and help her to find herself. Sadly she has had to overcome many adversities as people are often ignorant. We want her to have the opportunity to do something she really wants to without her health being a issue.
I really appreciate your help and hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards
Amanda
PS I should point out she has no behavioural or social difficulties.


Peter's response:

Dear Amanda,
Thank you for your email, with your permission I shall publish it in the 'Advice' section of the www.dramagroups.com website, hopefully others may read it and be able to offer you some help in your desire to find a Group that your daughter can join.
As far as I am concerned I'm afraid I can only offer you limited assistance. All of my contacts and knowledge of amateur dramatic groups and societies is already published on the website. You don't say in your email where you are located but the best advice I can give you is to look up on www.dramagroups.com the county or region where you live and make contact with the individual groups who are listed. Many of them have their own website and email addresses or telephone numbers detailed. I'm sure you will find an amdram group or perhaps a Drama School that will be able to help you.
Do let me know how you get on.
With very best wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 15/11/2012
Name: Peter Sheeran
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Message? A sorcers tale
Hi I am looking for a dvd or tape of the play.any ideas where I could get it ?


Peter's response:

Hi Peter,
I guess you've tried Amazon? They seem to have most things. There is a link to Amazon on the Drama Groups website it might be worth a try. Failing that I suggest that you find out who the Publisher is for the play and contact them to see if there is a recording in existence.
I shall place your request for help in the Advice section and the Notice Board section of www.dramagroups.com in the hope that one of our readers may be able to offer more help than I.
Best Wishes,
Peter

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A recent post from Jane Hilliard of West Moors Drama Society in Dorset. Jane is a playwright as well as performing and directing with her local Drama Group. In answer to my plea Jane agreed to give us all some advice as to how all us budding authors could make a start on creating and publishing a play. Jane's advice is interesting and informative, if anyone would like to add further advice or comment on this piece please email contact@dramagroups.com Quoting Post 2

I wrote my first full length play 'THE BOOBYTRAP' in 2004 and my Drama group presented it in 2005,since then I have written several shorts and one more full length piece all of which have been performed locally. Being an active member of the Drama group for many years,both acting and Directing,I had,as you can imagine,read many scripts so the format of writing a play was very familiar to me. I would advise anyone thinking of writing a play to read several scripts first.
Script writing is quite different to storytelling as there is no need for descriptive passages....just dialogue and clear stage directions (I write these in italics) Before starting to write I usually have an idea of the plot, beginning and the end of a play.... also it's genre, although this often changes as the ideas begin to flow. It's important to decide the length of the piece I am working on...A short piece can be extended if the plot and the characters seem to warrant it..but it is difficult to know which bits to delete if it seems to 'ramble'! Once I am satisfied a piece is finished...the editing begins...very important! This can take some time and I have to control myself before I find I've rewritten the whole play! Finally,I spell check it very carefully...Spelling mistakes leap out from the written page and can interrupt the flow for the reader.
Presentation is very important,therefore I make sure my scripts have......
A clear list of Characters (Their persona and their approximate ages) A precise synopsis of the plot A paragraph describing the stage setting A detailed props list,the acts in which they appear and the characters who will require them. Any sound,lighting or special effects and the pages on which they appear.
I'm pleased to say the production of my play was a success and this inspired me to send it to several publishing companies in the hope they would find it interesting .I was quite prepared for disappointment and it was politely declined by one or two,but,they did write me nice letters with suggestions as to how the play may be improved,which I found very helpful. I wasn't downhearted because I know how difficult it is to get a play published but I didn't give up and in 2009 Jasper publications accepted it. There are several publishing companies who are very encouraging to new writers...The Internet is a useful tool to find them. Almost all companies prefer to receive scripts via the Internet.
I found Jasper publishing to be very friendly and encouraging...not at all daunting.
So,My advice to any playwright would be...
Don't be discouraged ...keep trying and keep writing....It's very therapeutic!
Jane Hilliard

Posted on 20/05/2010



Thank you, Jane - I found your advice very helpful. I will contact Jasper Publishing and hope for success.
Best wishes, Robin Miller robinjenni@hotmail.com

Posted on 26/10/2012

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 15/10/2012
Name: Roger Davis
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Message? Free script for Amateur Dramatic Group
We are just forming an amateur theatrical group in the town of Plettenberg Bay in South Africa and we are hoping that there are free scripts available for am dram groups. We are looking for free scripts for single scene plays, preferably a comedy whodunnit. Any proceeds that we should make will be donated to the Plettenberg Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). I trust that you can help with the information required.
Bitou Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS)


Peter's response:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for your email. If you would like to take a look in the 'Scripts' section of the Drama Groups website you will find that a number of authors offer scripts to amateur dramatic groups royalty free. I suggest you take a look there and make contact with the authors directly.
Once you get your group up and running please do let me have details and I'll list you in our International section. It's not all that big at the moment but we are hoping to grow it significantly in the future.
I'll place your request in the 'Advice' section of the website in the hope that some authors may contact you directly or that some of our visitors may be able to let you have details of scripts they have used to good effect.
Best Wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 26/09/2012
Name: Jim Thomson
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Message? New to this Ďgameí and wondered if you could recommend any Ďeconomicalí rehearsal spaces (evening) in Glasgow Ė just a basic small hall would be fine for this cast of 12.
With thanks
Jim Thomson


Peter's response:

Hi Jim,
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the Glasgow area so I'm not going to be of much use.
I'll place your request in the 'Advice' and 'Notice Board' pages of the www.dramagroups.com website this morning and hopefully someone out there will be able to help you out.
Do let me know how you get on.
Best Wishes
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 16/09/2012
Name: Jim Thomson
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Message? Sorry to parachute this in out of the blue but I am new to the 'amdram' business and would appreciate some specific advice.
We need to audition for parts six male 16/17 year olds for an amateur play (Glasgow area) and wondered how to go about this. Does this age-group require supervision (e.g. for travel). What happens re. expenses (i.e. Do they pay this themselves?)? Would they expect some sort of fee (although I'm guessing that wouldn't be amateur then!)
With thanks
Jim Thomson


Peter's response:

Hello Jim,
First of all I'm no expert in this area, although several years ago I did go through this thought process and made some inroads into understanding the legislation that covers young people in 'Groups'. I shall post your question in the 'Advice' section of www.dramagroups.com and hope that someone with more recent experience will be able to give you better or more up-to-date advice. I have to put in a disclaimer here in that my advice is a personal opinion only. I am not a lawyer and do not have any more than a rudimentary knowledge gained from my own researches, please do not take my opinion as gospel check out any potential actions with a professional before deciding what you will do.
What I found was that the age restriction on young people under 16 years of age is:
- the Group must provide a chaperone during rehearsals and during performances.
- changing facillities must be separate from adults and of course separate between the genders.
- the young persons must be registered with the local council
- a Doctor's certificate must be provided for each child - presumably stating that they are fit - there is a cost involved here
- the Group's insurance must cover them during rehearsals and performances
- there are other rules applying by age to the number of hours they are allowed to work, etc but I'm afraid I didn't get that far into the research. Quite a few groups do declare themselves as taking people 16+ only and I guess that's because the process of including children is too onerous, certainly that's what my own group decided.
As far as expenses are concerned I don't believe they are any rules to follow. It is not incumbent on the Group to provide travelling or any other expenses although there's nothing to stop you doing that. Payment for performance is again up to you but as you say it certainly doesn't fit in with the concept of amateur. Personally I've never know that to happen, the only people we pay is musicians for rehearsal and/or production.
I hope that's of some use to you and I hope that others may provide a better view of current legislation.
Best Regards,
Peter

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17/09/2012
Thank you so much for that very full and helpful answer.
Jim Thomson

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 06/08/2012
Name: Matthew Eaton
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Message? I have just moved to Manchester. I was wondering if you could tell me which are the four biggest drama groups here as the list I have found is as big as the yellow pages so I don't know where to begin.
Any help you could provide would be great. Is there perhaps someone you could recommend.
Kind Regards
Matt


Peter's response:

Hi Matthew,
I'm afraid I don't know which are the four biggest groups in the area as I'm not local to Manchester and I'm not able to recommend any one group over the others. The best I can suggest is that you review the groups listed, look at their websites directly and then
make contact with a few that you think are the closest match to the sort of group you're interested in. I'm sure all of the groups in Manchester would welcome a new member especially a male as they are hard to come by!
I'll publish your request in the 'Advice' section of the www.dramagroups.com website and hopefully someone from the area will be able to give you some recommendation based on personal experience.
Very Best of luck, do let me know how it goes and which group you end up joining.
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 14/07/2012
Name: Mrs. F. Franklin
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Message? I am looking to return to the world of "work", my last child just about to go around the world and then uni. I have a background of working in the National Health Service and the Education.
Would it possible for you to put me in contact with any groups that might require someone in the role of assistant, attendant, escort of anyone to theatre auditions etc.
I have full references and have current criminal record check as I am attached to a local school in the capacity of invigilator.
I would be most grateful for any information you might have on this matter.
Many thanks
Mrs. F. Franklin


Peter's response:

Dear Mrs Franklin,
Thank you for your email, with your permission I shall publish it in our 'Advice' section on the www.dramagroups.com website, hopefully others may read it and be able to offer you some help in your desire to return to work.
As far as I am concerned I'm afraid I can only offer you limited assistance. All of my contacts and knowledge of amateur dramatic groups and societies is already published on the website. You don't say in your email where you are located but the best advice I can give you is to look up on www.dramagroups.com the county or region where you live and make contact with the individual groups who are listed. Many of them have their own website and email addresses or telephone numbers detailed. I'm sure all amdram groups would welcome the sort of 'help' you would be able to offer although in my experience I doubt whether most would be able to offer anything but unpaid work as most societies struggle to meet ongoing costs. Still, even an unpaid role would certainly get you back into mixing and dealing with people and handling the ongoing problems associated with keeping a group and production on the road.
Do let me know how you get on.
With very best wishes,
Very Best Wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 22/02/2012
Name: Ruth McCullough
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Message? My name is Ruth McCullough, and I am a graduate student of Fine and Applied Creative Art from Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am involved with a drama group here called The Holywood Players, and I also perform with another local group called the St Bart Players. I have toured around Ireland on several festivals and performed in many plays as lead and supporting roles, and also I have helped back-stage with make up, props and costume.
This year I am taking a gap year and I am hoping to travel to Australia. I am enquiring as to whether you would have any information on the drama groups in Australia, how to join one, and if there is any paid work at all. I am trying to arrange a job/groups/volunteer work before I come over so I can not only support myself but make friends. And most importantly to keep performing and doing what I love most :)
Any information you could help me with would be extremely appreciated!
Regards,
Ruth McCullough.


Peter's response:

Dear Ruth,
Thank you very much for your enquiry.
Drama Groups does have a few groups listed in the ĎGroupsí, ĎAustraliaí page but not I expect as many or in the locations you may need. However, you may want to take a look and make some enquiries from those groups that are listed. Drama folk are usually very friendly and Iím sure will help you find groups in the area of Australia that you are proposing to visit.
For myself Iím afraid I have very little experience of life in Australia, most of it third hand.
With your permission I will post your enquiry on our ĎAdviceí page with your email address and perhaps you will get some more knowledgeable person who will be able to offer you some support.
Please do let me know how you get on and keep in touch once you are in ĎOZí.
Very Best Wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers
Name: Laura
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Message? I'm e-mailing on behalf of Stage Direct, a Norfolk theatre group you placed on your site. I really appreciate you adding us to your site as any publicity and interest we can get is always beneficial. I was just wondering if it is possible to e-mail you or to create some way of being able to get additional events and details added to your site at various points in the future? Also is there anything we should or could be doing to maintain a level of interest for our group on your site and else where? Any information and advice you can offer would be most appreciated.
Many Thanks
Stage Direct


Peter's response:

Hi Laura,
If you take a look at the www.dramagroups.com website youíll find that there are opportunities to email details of:
Forthcoming Shows; Auditions and Events that your Group may be holding, also you can advertise for Props and Costumes either for sale or wanted; Off/Backstage requirements; Music/Lyrics/Backing Tracks; Reviews. There are also Advice columns and Articles and a Notice Board where you can post anything not covered by one of the other categories. I suggest you make full use of all these facilities in order to keep your Group at the forefront of the www.dramagroups.com website.
Also I notice that I havenít got your Groupís website address nor do I have a logo for you. Each of these things will help to bring your Group to the attention of our visitors. If you do not have a website then I would recommend you set one up and advertise it in your show programmes. If a website is not possible then perhaps you should think of setting up a Facebook Group, which more and more groups are doing these days. I am thinking of setting up a Facebook Page for DramaGroups.com.
I hope this helps. Do let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
With your agreement I would like to post your email and this reply in our Advice column as there may be other Groups that find themselves in a similar position.
Best Regards,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers
Name: Jane
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Message? Where does one look for jobs in performing arts and dance for teaching, workshops, coaching, sessional job in the north west? Thanks


Peter's response:
Hi Jane,
I'm afraid I can't really help you in finding a job in the performing arts. I suspect that there are thousands of others out there with exactly the same problem. The www.dramagroups.com website deals only with amateur groups and societies. Perhaps a look through the 'Stage' magazines would be beneficial?
Take a look at our 'Links' page
there may be some help in some of the listings.
Do let me know how you get on or if I can help in any other way,
Best Wishes,
Peter

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Recent Post from one of our readers
Name: anthony king
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Message? hello i am looking to get started in learning to act, and so far people have suggested a drama class or club.
I live in Hartcliffe Bristol and would like to know which groups are around Bristol and that i might be able to join, i am 39 years old


Peter's response:
Hello Anthony,
There are a number of Drama Groups or Societies listed on the 'Groups', 'Bristol' webpage on the www.dramagroups.com website. I suggest that you take a look at that page and make contact with some of the groups that attract your attention. Generally local amdrammers are very friendly people and even if their own Group is not quite what you're looking for I'm sure they'll go out of their way to help you find a Group that is suitable by suggesting other Groups that they know about. If my own experience is anything to go by any available man will be immediately snapped up by any Drama Group as men with an interest in drama seem to be in such short supply.
Do let me know how your search goes, I'd be interested to hear and to publish your experience in the 'Advice' section of the website.

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Union Theatre, Solihull

How do I make a stone (like) table?
Hi all, not quite sure Iím in the right place to ask this but here it goes... Union Theatre Solihull are putting on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in November. I need ideas on how I can create a convincing stone table that will crack/break and be reuseable, if that is possible.
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Recent Post from one of our readers
Hey, my names ben, im 21/22 in june, for a while now I have been interested in theatre productions. one of my ambitions would be to star in theatre, unfortunately things havent gone to plan the way I wanted them to. would you please be able to send me some information, if any available oh how i could break myself into the theatre industry, any information at all would be greatly appreciated and hope to hear from you soon.
many thanks. Ben

Posted 22/04/2010

Peter's response:
Hi Ben,
Regrettably I'm not an expert in this field, if I were I think I'd be representing some up and coming stars instead of running this web site.
My own thoughts are that if you are serious about breaking into theatre you should first of all get some experience. That could be by taking some drama courses or joining a local Drama Group or better still joining a touring company in whatever role that may be available even if it's back stage. You never know when a stand in might be needed.
I think the thing is to immerse yourself in the theatre if you can. If you are already holding down a full time job in another industry then that's a problem because no doubt you will have financial commitments and won't find it easy to move yourself along. However, if you are really serious you will find a way to get experience. The other thing I would recommend is go to auditions whether that's for amateur groups or professional companies. Go along, give it a try and don't become despondent when you get rejected - it happens to everyone. The more you become involved the more visible you will be to those people that can help you move your career forward.
Have courage, don't give up and believe in yourself. That's probably the best advice I can give you.
Please keep in touch and let me know how your career progresses. If it's OK with you I might put your question and this answer up on the Drama Groups web site. Other people will be interested and might have some additional advice to give you. Please let me know if that's OK with you.
Best Wishes
Peter
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